Career Development Opportunities

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Public Sector Opportunities

POSITION: Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS

DESCRIPTION: This position is located with the Agricultural Research Service, Animal Disease Research Unit in Pullman, WA. The incumbent will conduct conduct research with a focus on controlling ticks and tickborne diseases that impact livestock, livestock tick-pathogen and/or tick-host interactions, and vector competence of tickborne pathogens of livestock. Incumbent will also oversee the rearing of ticks required for research, including establishment and maintenance of new colonies.

QUALIFICATIONS: Degree in entomology, or a related discipline of the biological or physical sciences that included at least 16 semester hours in entomology. To further support your qualifications, it is strongly recommended that you submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Failure to do so could result in loss of your consideration/referral.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Apply by January 18, 2021, through USAJobs.gov position 587120000.

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POSITION: Entomologist, Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory

DESCRIPTION: The Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory, Suffolk County Department of Health Services, in Yaphank, NY conducts countywide surveillance of arthropod-borne pathogens. The ABDL is seeking an entomologist to assist with various lab functions and field activities including the expansion of a tick surveillance program. The successful applicant will be required to conduct field work for tick collections and molecular laboratory analysis for tick-borne pathogens. Salary begins at $61,460 with employee benefits.

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in molecular biology is preferred.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: The position can be filled as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, preferably with a start date in early 2021. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a CV and a list of 3 references via e-mail to Dr. Scott Campbell (scott.campbell@suffolkcountyny.gov).


POSITION: Entomologist, Pasco County Mosquito Control, Florida

DESCRIPTION: Position entails a high level of technical and professional work: planning, coordinating and implementing entomological research, surveillance and control programs. The entomologist will facilitate the evaluation of pesticides and application equipment, control practices and surveillance methods; conduct and interpret ongoing larval and adult bioassays to monitor mosquito population resistance to insecticides; explore novel strategies for mosquito surveillance and control; maintain mosquito colonies and field collected populations; and additional duties.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors Degree in the Biological Sciences/Entomology and 3 years of experience in a mosquito control program or related field. Possession of an advanced degree (MS) and supervisory experience is highly desirable, although not required.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an employment application available through the Pasco County Mosquito Control job opportunities page by February 5, 2021.

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POSITION: Biologist - Field Supervisor, Mosquito Extermination, Morris County, NJ

DESCRIPTION: The Morris County Department of Public Works, Mosquito Control Division, is seeking a Biologist to become part the mosquito control staff. We are looking for a candidate to supervise inspection staff, perform field work requiring the application of biological and closely related principles and techniques; does other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Minimum qualifications - graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological sciences.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Complete an application form available on the Morris County Job advertisement page.

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Academic Opportunities

POSITION: Research Associate I, Pathology Research, University of Texas Medical Branch

DESCRIPTION: The research associate will assist in the laboratory study of vector borne diseases, with an emphasis on Rickettsia and Ehrlichia bacterial species and tick-borne viruses. Studies will be focused on the epidemiology of tick- and flea-borne bacterial and viral pathogens in conjunction with academic and public health collaborators. Tasks will include basic microbiologic techniques, growth and propagation of various rickettsial species, basic molecular and immunodiagnostic techniques, and the field collection of arthropod vectors.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in basic science or equivalent. Experience in cellular immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, cell culture and sterile technique preferred.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Submit application through UTMB Health online portal for position TAM_73344.

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POSITION: Veterinary Virology / Immunology Faculty, University of Tennessee

DESCRIPTION: The College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking a veterinary virologist/immunologist who will be responsible for teaching in the professional DVM and graduate programs as well as contributing to diagnostic laboratory services. The ideal candidate will have the background and ability to teach both virology and immunology. The successful candidate will conduct independent research in either discipline and would also be encouraged to participate in multidisciplinary collaborative research efforts, which could include clinical applications, mechanistic studies, and/or involvement in the burgeoning One Health research initiative here at the University of Tennessee.

QUALIFICATIONS: Qualified applicants must have: (1) a DVM (or equivalent degree) or relevant PhD; (2) post-doctoral experience in diagnostic veterinary immunology and/or virology; (3) a record of publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals documenting case-based and/or hypothesis driven research; (4) excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well with others in a collegial, team atmosphere.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants are asked to submit their letter of intent, names and contact information for at least three professional references, current curriculum vitae and a concise (up to 3-page) statement of diagnostic, research and teaching aspirations to the search committee Chair, Dr Michael Fry, care of:

Ms Donna Longmire Department of Biomedical and Diagnostic Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine The University of Tennessee 2407 River Drive, Rm A201 Knoxville, TN 37996-4546 Email: longmire@utk.edu

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POSITION: Assistant/Associate Professor and Director, Mississippi State University

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology, and Plant Pathology (BCH-EPP) at Mississippi State University seeks to fill a tenure-track, position in entomology at the Assistant or Associate level on the main campus in Starkville. This position will consist of 70% research and 30% Teaching. The successful applicant will also serve as the Director of the MS Entomological Museum.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in entomology or a related field is required with demonstrated scholarly productivity, and excellence in written and oral communication. ABD candidates will not be considered for this position. Candidates with teaching experience, evidence of multidisciplinary collaborations, experience integrating basic and applied research, a record of leadership and service, and the ability to secure extramural funding will be given priority.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applications must be submitted through the MSU employment portal. Completed applications will include: a current curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, copies of up to five relevant publications, unofficial transcripts and contact information for at least five references. Review of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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POSITION: Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation, Center for Environmental Health & Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University

DESCRIPTION: SUNY Upstate Medical University (UMU), in collaboration with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF), seeks two internationally recognized experts in vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology, broadly defined, to apply for an Associate or Full Professor of Empire Innovation position (Commensurate of the experience of the Empire Innovation Program (EIP) faculty per decision of campus leadership) as part of the New York State Empire Innovation Scholar Program. The program and position aims to expand the ranks of world-class faculty within the SUNY system. EIP positions are highly prized and very competitive; as such, EIP faculty enjoy special distinction within the SUNY system and are largely free of teaching responsibilities in order to accelerate their research.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate should have an established research program focused on the complex relationship between the environment and human health, currently funded through competitive extramural sources that are R01 or R01-equivalent.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests to eisearch@upstate.edu. References will be requested if you are selected as a finalist. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Postdoctoral / Fellowships

POSITION: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Entomology, Cornell University

DESCRIPTION: A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Courtney Murdock at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA), for a highly motivated candidate to study how different environmental drivers impact host-pathogen interactions and transmission in the Asian malaria mosquito (Anopheles stephensi) – human malaria (Plasmodium falciparum) system. The research project, funded by NIH (R01 AI153444-01), will utilize data generated from experiments that define key relationships between temperature, relative humidity, and transmission, along with climate data collected in the field, to build mechanistic models of temporal and spatial variation in urban malaria.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in immunology/microbiology/host-microbe interactions or a related biological discipline by February 1, 2021 and be self-motivated, and have excellent communication (verbal and written English) and organizational skills. Solid molecular biology and cell culture skills, experience working with parasites in vertebrate hosts and / or mosquitoes, and a strong proficiency in statistics and data analysis is preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of or interest in learning how ecological and evolutionary concepts and theory apply to infectious disease is highly desired. Applicants should also have a strong interest and experience in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected or deadline for applications is 1/15/2021.

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Fellow, Virology and Vector Biology/Parasitology, Colorado State University

DESCRIPTION: The Foy laboratory in the Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology Department at Colorado State University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to lead and manage research projects in the Foy lab and some undergraduate/graduate personnel in the lab. This postdoctoral position’s primary duties are to organize, conduct and develop studies under our funded research aimed at understanding and controlling vector-borne diseases, with a specific focus on genetic analyses of vectors (Anopheles, Culex, and Aedes spp.) and vector-borne pathogens (Plasmodium spp., West Nile virus, and Zika virus).

QUALIFICATIONS: Research doctorate degree with vector biology, arbovirology, or parasitology expertise and experience with molecular genetic/genomics/bioinformatics analyses of field and laboratory experiment samples.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Email curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, and three references to Dr. Brian Foy (Brian.Foy@ColoState.EDU).

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POSITION: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Urban Pest Management, Rutgers University

DESCRIPTION: The Urban Entomology lab at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position starting in January 2021. Primary responsibility is to conduct applied research in urban pest management. Current projects include house mouse and cockroach management research in apartment buildings. The secondary responsibility is to collaborate with the pest control industry to design, execute, and summarize bioassays for industry partners. The candidate is expected to assist in grant preparation, supervise undergraduate and graduate students, present research findings in professional meetings, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

QUALIFICATIONS: Requires a PhD in area of Entomology or closely related field. Requires a strong background and knowledge of insect behavior, pest management, insecticide toxicology, experimental design and statistical analysis, excellent organizational, interpersonal skills.

HOW TO APPLY/DEADLINE: Email a letter of interest, unofficial transcripts, GRE scores, CV, and contact information of four references to Dr. Changlu Wang. Department of Entomology, 96 Lipman Hall, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Email: changluw@rutgers.edu. Website: https://entomology.rutgers.edu/personel/changlu-wang

Professional Development & Training Opportunities

eCornell Online Program in Vector-Borne Disease Surveillance

The Cornell Department of Entomology has partnered with eCornell to provide a 3-week online training program to help you understand the tools, methodology, and best practices for the surveillance of arthropod vectors, including ticks and mosquitoes. You will gain the knowledge and resources necessary to design an effective vector surveillance program in your local jurisdiction. The course is intended to train and create a network of public health practitioners, from a variety of backgrounds, in entomology and in the approaches, techniques, and skills required for effective surveillance programs. Enrollment discounts may be available.

Next course begins January 13, 2021.

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Biology of Vector-Borne Disease Course, University of Idaho

The third annual Biology of Vector-borne Disease course is scheduled for Sunday through Friday, June 20-25, 2021. This six-day course, offered through the University of Idaho, is both lecture- and discussion-based and is delivered by internationally recognized experts, with integrated case studies of emerging vector-borne pathogens. The course registration fee (USD $1,500) includes housing, meals, course materials and social activities. Registration will be due following acceptance into the course.

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American Mosquito Control Association e-Modules

The e-modules cover basic mosquito biology, surveillance and control with an emphasis on Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus

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Certification in Public Health Entomology

The Midwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (MCE-VBD) is offering a certificate in Public Health Entomology to recognize and provide basic skills related to the surveillance and management of mosquito- and tick-borne diseases. The certification process is open to anyone affiliated with MCE-VBD partner organizations with interest in developing skills in vector-borne disease surveillance and control.

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CDC Learning Tools for Health Care Providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide web-based continuing medical educational (CME) resources for health care providers on Lyme disease diagnosis and treatment, as well as other tickborne diseases.

Lyme Disease CME Tickborne Disease Videos Rocky Mountain spotted fever Toolkit


Entomological Society of America Certification Programs

The Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation offers two certification programs for professionals who work with insects:

  • Board Certified Entomologist - program for professional entomologists with degrees in entomology or a closely-related field
  • Associate Certified Entomologist - program for pest management professionals with strong training and experience in insect-related work, but without academic training required of professional entomologists

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Mosquito Training Course for Pest Managers

The Southeastern Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases, along with partners in the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, is pleased to announce a new online course in mosquito training for pest managers. Participants who complete the 11 modules in the course will learn to identify and understand the mosquitoes of major importance in the urban environment, their life cycles, the general methods of control, personal protective equipment required for safe insecticide application, and the laws and regulations governing mosquito control for the urban pest management industry.

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NEHA Vectors & Pests Webinars

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) produces open-access webinars to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.

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Pesticide Management Education Program Distance Learning Center

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP) partners with the New York State Integrated Pest Management program (NYSIPM) to provide online pesticide applicator courses. These courses often carry continuing education credits accepted by New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and West Virginia. Available courses include toxicity of pesticides, insect biocontrol, integrated tick management, introduction to developing IPM strategies, and more.

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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

A no-cost 11-course learning series developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners. Program emphasized the use of integrated pest management (IPM) to address public health pests and vectors that spread disease.

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Additional Career Websites

American Mosquito Control Association

AMCA Careers


American Public Health Association

APHA Jobs


American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene

ASTMH Career Center


Entomological Society of America

ESA Job Site


Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

MVCAC Jobs & RFPs


National Association of County and City Health Officials

NACCHO Career Network


New Jersey Mosquito Control Association

NJMCA Job Announcements


Regional Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases

MCE-VBD Jobs PacVec Jobs SEVBD Jobs WGCVBD Jobs


Society for Vector Ecology

SOVE Opportunities


Texas A&M University Entomology Job Board

TAMU Ento Jobs

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